Colourful illustration of a group of women together

International Women’s Day 2020: Women and the Climate Emergency


On Sat 7 Mar, Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC) will host the city’s largest annual International Women’s Day celebrations in partnership with Brighton Dome and Royal Pavilion & Museums.

With gender equality firmly on the agenda, this free and inclusive event celebrates women’s achievements while raising vital funds for BWC.

This all-day event offers a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, pay-as-you-feel workshops, arts and crafts, causes and campaigns and fun for all the family.

This year’s theme is Women and the Climate Emergency. Join Green MP Caroline Lucas and our panel of experts and activists as they discuss how gender inequality leaves women more vulnerable to climate change and how women are leading the way to tackle the crisis.

There will be talks on sustainable fashion and eco-anxiety, fun climate-themed experiments – including the Ice Cream Melting Challenge - with Brighton Science Festival, a Green Magic Show to save the planet with Megan Swann and a crafts area using reclaimed materials.

If you like to try new things there will be pay-as-you-feel workshops throughout the day. You can sing your heart out with Aneesa, dance the Charleston with Brighton Lindyhoppers, do a stage fighting workshop with Alison de Burgh, have-a-go at comedy writing, discover the Power of Trees, folk-dance with Morris women, relax with yoga, or learn about Brighton’s hidden suffragette.

Economist Vicky Pryce, author of Women vs Capitalism, joins experts from the Women’s Budget Group, the Fawcett Society and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to discuss Women and Poverty, chaired by BWC Director, Lisa Dando.

In Kate Darach’s award-winning show, Moon Tales, twelve female characters are revealed through beautifully written monologues, each spanning different times and places and inspired by the names of full moons.

Around Brighton Dome you can book a seated shiatsu, browse our marketplace of stalls, take a women’s history tour and visit the pop-up Brighton Feminist Bookshop supported by Myriad Editions. There will also be a pay-as-you-feel buffet from The Real Junk Food Project and the Network of International Women

Join award-winning trans activist and author, Charlie Craggs at her pop-up nail salon, offering the public free manicures for the chance to sit down and have a chat with a trans person in a bid to break misconceptions and make allies.

BWC’s Toy Box will provide all-day drop-in arts and craft activities for children and their carers. Come and help them recreate Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ from recycled materials. Messy fun with a conscious mind!

At Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, discover and celebrate 100 pioneering women of the 21st century in a major exhibition 100 First Women Portraits by acclaimed photographer Anita Corbin. Her striking images capture an impressive record of female achievement, from beatboxing to bomb detection, computing to cricket, blast furnaces to boardrooms. These iconic portraits include seventies rocker Suzi Quatro, Olympian Boxer Nicola Adams OBE, Lady Brenda Hale of the Supreme Court and football manager Hope Powell.  Listen to Anita tell the stories behind meeting these inspirational ‘Firsts’ at a free gallery talk at 1pm in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

International Women’s Day Brighton will take part in Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Church Street, Brighton from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 7th March. All welcome. Free entry.

Discover the full programme.